Laramie, Wyo. (Sept. 9, 2003)--
The University of WyomingCowgirl team stood toe to toe with the 16th-ranked team inthe nation, the Colorado Buffaloes, before falling 2-1 inthe final minutes of Tuesday's match at the UW SoccerStadium.
The offense for both teams ignited early in the match asColorado's Maddy Minnis scored a goal at the 8:06 mark offa pass from Kathryn Grandinetti to take an early 1-0 lead.The Cowgirl offense answered quickly as Lindsey Vossbrinktook a corner kick at the 9:31 mark and found Kara Waltersfor the answering goal. Defense prevailed for both teamsand the score remained knotted at 1-1 at the half. Coloradooutshot Wyoming eight to six in the half while Cowgirlgoalkeeper Lori Scheider made four saves.
In the second half neither team could get much goingoffensively as the score remained tied until the 87:35 mark. With just 2:25 left on the clock, Katie Griffin ended theCowgirls upset hopes with the game winning goal.Grandinetti and Orly Ripmaster assisted on the goal.
In the game the Buffs outshot the Cowgirls 21 to 10 with 13of those shots coming in the second half with the wind attheir back. Scheider recorded 10 saves on the day, with sixof them coming in the second half.
"We gave them a run for their money and came up justshort," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "It isdisappointing to lose but at the same time they are the 16thteam in the nation and to go 2-1 with them says a lot aboutour program and the dedication of our girls.
"As a unit our defense didn't give them much ofanything. They had a lot of shots but not too many greatscoring opportunities."
The Cowgirls will return to action as they take the roadfor the first time this season. They will travel toMississippi for games against the University of Mississippiand Jackson State. Mississippi will host the CowgirlsFriday night at 7:00 and Jackson State will host a Sundayafternoon match set to begin at 1:00.